I posted quite a bit on the old forum, but haven't posted much on this new one. So, I'll post my brief history first.
I injured my back at work in Sept. '06. Had PT, ESI, a discectomy (L5/S1) in Dec. '06, a fusion at L5/S1 and ADR at L5/L4 in Nov. '08. The pain is still as bad and sometimes worse than it was before surgery. I have recently been diagnosed with FAILED BACK SYNDROME!!!! ARGGGHHH!!!
My question is two-fold. First of all, how do you determine if your pain is "mechanical" or nerve pain? Second...if it is mechanical will a SCS help with the pain?
Is there anyone out there who has been diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome (lumbar) and then had a SCS implanted with a good outcome?? My PM doc says that the SCS trial is my next and final step at an attempt to control the pain. I am praying that this is the answer, but the more I read, the more I feel like maybe it just decreases nerve pain. I know my leg pain is nerve pain, but I think my back pain is mechanical.
I would love to hear from anyone who has a spinal cord stimulator for lumbar pain. Has it helped with the back pain? What kind of restrictions do you have? My doctor told me that we would discuss the restrictions at my next appt. (this coming Friday).
Also, one silly question. Are people with SCSs still able to get massages? I don't know if I can handle the thought of never being able to treat myself to a massage!